Thursday, April 21, 2005

this hurts me more than it hurts you

I was a fan of Dennis Miller for at least twenty-five years. He was bright and incisive as the "anchorman" on Saturday Night Live, and for all but the final season, his eponymous HBO program was a weekly must-see for me, with the long breaks between seasons practically interminable. Then came the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In an incredibly short period of time, Dennis became an utter chickenshit. Instead of standing up for the positions he had taken for over two decades, Dennis suddenly decided that what he felt to be the safest course of action was to simply lash out and start killing non-americans around the world. Dennis became a poster boy for the theocratic conservative Nutzi right, and has unapologetically espoused their PNAC-inspired dream of world domination. He has unswervingly held to that tack since George Bush has held the presidency.

Last night, Dennis appeared as the evening's guest on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show." Dennis tried mightily to buy back my approval and the approval of all of the other people that he let down with his political change of heart a few years ago.

He failed miserably. His jokes were forced, he had a tone of desperation, he practically begged to be perceived as the same old Dennis, but it didn't work.

Go away, Dennis. You are an irrelevant, opportunistic hypocrite. It saddens me, but it is the truth. The only reason you are changing your tune now is that the republican Nutzis are in finally trouble for their over-reaching, and your "show" is tanking, deservedly. I hardly think that your "conversion" is anything other than pandering.

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to go on a rant, but...


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